Scottish quote of the week: Valentine’s Day

Robert Burns' love was

Robert Burns' love was "like a red red rose", according to one of the poet's most famous sonnets. Picture: PA

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“Oh, my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June; Oh, my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly played in tune”

Robert Burns knew a thing or two about love. One of his most famous sonnets about affairs of the heart, My Luve Is Like A Red Red Rose ranks among the Ayrshire poet’s most oft-quoted lines.

Scottish writer J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, also gave fine expression to love’s redeeming qualities: “Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard.”

But love comes in many forms, and it might not always arrive in the expected fairytale form.

“Have you heard about the oyster who went to a disco and pulled a mussel,” mused Billy Connolly on the lure of the dancin’, somewhere that a fair few singletons looking for love may flock to tonight.

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